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The National Theatre School of Canada is a school for the arts.

The School offers incomparable training for actors, directors, designers, writers, production specialists, and artists of all kinds to create work that matters.

The National Theatre School of Canada wants to share its position concerning the community developments regarding safe working and learning environments in the theatre community.  

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Professional training

An uncompromisingly intense curriculum, demanding the most of students while respecting their individuality as artists. Training programs: 

  • Acting
  • Production Design & Technical Arts
  • Set & Costume Design
  • Playwriting
  • Directing
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Community Programs

Inspired by the quality, intensity and rigour of its professional training programs, the School offers youth programs, workshops for businesses and community classes for the general public!

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Student shows

Everything seen on stage and all that goes on behind the scenes is created by our students under the guidance of professional guest artists.

The Production Design & Technical Arts program:

  • Production Management, Technical Direction, Stage Management, Lighting Design, Sound Design, andProjection Design
  • 100% of students find work in their field upon graduation! 
  • One-on-one coaching 
  • Small class size
  • Working in five different spaces on campus, from intimate flexible black boxes to a unique, professional 800-seat proscenium stage theatre
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THEATRE brings people together

and allows them to imagine, think, and feel collectively. Theatre is an act of community building, a catalyst for empathy, creativity, debate, and well-being that allows us to better engage with the complexities of our times.

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10 Reasons to Choose NTS

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Follow an uncompromisingly intense curriculum, which demands the most of yourself while respecting your individuality as artists

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Prepare for a successful career: more than 95% of NTS graduates obtain professional contracts directly related to their training upon completing their program

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Be taught by Canada’s leading theatre practitioners in classes of a maximum of 14 students—NTS boasts an overall ratio of two teachers per student

A national school with a global reach 

The School’s influence is felt from coast to coast to coast and across the globe.

NTS has gratuated over 2000 artists. Many of Canada’s most important theatre, performance, film, and television artists are among their ranks.